About Kumu Lani

Kumu Ku’uwehilani Waianuhea Aquai Cid-Iulio

LaniI have been teaching Hula, Ori Tahiti and Maori for over 20 years. My formal hula training started with my kupunawahine, Lillian Ka’anoali’i Mahai’ula Aquai. She was born and raised in Hilo, on the Big Island of Hawai’i, and received her formal hula training from Kumu Hula Rose Kuamo’o.

I have also been blessed with many opportunities to attend workshops and conferences led by Cy Bridges, Keali’i Reichel, Sonny Ching, Uncle George Holokai, Cody Pata Pueo, the Kanaka’ole Family, Hokulani Holt-Padilla, Edith McKenzie, Mark Ho’omalu, Ray Fonseca, Kaha’i Topolinski, Turere Mataoa, Hiro Tematahotoa, Coco Hotahota, Makau Foster-Delcuvellerie and Auntie Roiti Silva, just to name a few.

As a principal dancer of Ka Ua Tuahine in Berkeley, I had the opportunity to participate in many major theater productions and elite cultural dance competitions.